Approximately 27 million Americans are living with type 2 diabetes, and there is one day a year designated to bringing forth awareness – March 28th, American Diabetes Association Alert Day.
Intended to sound the alarm on type 2 diabetes’ growing prevalence in society, Alert Day asks adults to take only a moment of their time to take the American Diabetes Association’s quick and easy online risk test. The test is both free and anonymous with questions ranging from family history to physical activity.
“Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal,” begins the Associations website, “If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly.” As glucose builds up in the blood, two problems potentially arise: cells may be starved for energy and eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart may hurt.
While type 2 diabetes is traditionally recognized as a progressive condition, actions can be taken to control blood glucose including healthy eating, physical activity, oral medications, or insulin.
Health and wellness are so often at the forefront of our minds, so if you or someone you know is eager to take action and spread the word on American Diabetes Association Alert Day, you can take several steps all available and detailed on the association’s website. For starters, you can print out risk tests for friends and family, PDF posters are offered for print, social media images are available for posting, and handouts discussing prediabetes information is available for print as well.
Diabetes is a growing diagnosis, and it’s so important that we continue to take necessary measures to bring information to the larger community. To learn more about prediabetes, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), or ways to prevent diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website at http://www.diabetes.org/